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Community Forum Discussing Changing the Culture of Policing

Post Date:06/09/2020 12:10 PM

Recording of Mayor and Police Chief's Community Forum Discussing Changing the Culture of Policing

SANTA CRUZ, CA – Throughout the nation we continue to see excessive use of force used against people of color. In the wake of the most recent killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police officers, Mayor Justin Cummings and Police Chief Andy Mills held a community presentation on the steps that the Santa Cruz Police Department has been taking over the years to reduce bias, increase diversity in the department, and de-escalation tactics. Mayor Cummings also discussed policy that he will be bringing forward with the police chief that will limit the use of certain technologies in law enforcement that have proven to be biased against people of color. Residents were invited to share their feelings and frustration around the lack of accountability as it relates to the killing of people of color by police officers and to offer suggestions for how police departments can reduce the excessive use of force and be held accountable for their actions.

Community Forum: Changing the Culture of Policing in our Community and Beyond

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 from 6 – 8 pm.

A recording of the forum is available here:

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